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A Futuristic Take

Human life has everything but a guarantee. We can make our best possible guess about something, but it could still land way off the mark. While this uncertainty and unpredictability add a different value to our experiences, being in the unknown is still something we don’t necessarily prefer. So, naturally, we have tried to come up with ways that can streamline the possibilities, leaving the most probable ones for us to ponder over. These ways to streamline possibilities have also remained far from static. They have advanced a lot over the years, reworking their flaws and taking us as close to the future as humanly possible. Our one bid to achieve this purpose was carried out by technology, and we haven’t looked for any other way since then. Technology’s crazy ability to run through a gazillion scenarios in a matter of seconds really opened things up for us. Apart from the speed, it was also the reliability of results that sold it to the general public. Technology would base its judgments over extensive pieces of historical data and some other relevant factors, thus ensuring that we are treading forward on a trustworthy path. We have usually come to associate these predictive models with the business sector that is always looking to gauge future market trends, but there are other areas too where looking into the future has become a decisive factor. One such area is the medical field, which tries to enlist different technologies to predict the trajectory of the patient’s health. Nevertheless, even though these technologies have been effective, a recent discovery by Yale University might just become the most important of them all in this regard.

As per a study done by the researchers at Yale University, a portable MRI system can prove to be a transformative step in treating stroke patients. It does so by providing timely information about any potential intracranial hemorrhages. The most valuable aspect of it, however, is its ability to come up useful in areas where sophisticated brain imaging scans are not easily available. Named as Portable Point-of-Care MRI system, this technology offers a cost-effective shot at healthcare. The set-up can be availed at essentially a fraction of the amount you’d be expected to pay for traditional MRI system. Furthermore, it can be used with minimal training, so hiring special technicians is also not as such of a requirement.

Developed by Hyperfine Research Inc, the portable MRI scanner has taken its time to earn the trust of medical professionals, and this study by Yale does a lot to boost its credentials. The team at the university, as a part of their study, compared the portable MRI scans of over 144 patients with traditional neuroimaging scans, and it was figured that the former identified the presence of intracereberal hemorrhages with an 80% accuracy rate.

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